'Significant' number of dogs allegedly found to be suffering at animal sanctuary
An investigation has been launched into a Monmouthshire animal sanctuary after dogs were allegedly neglected. According to Animal Licensing Wales an entry warrant was executed at Lost Souls Sanctuary in Rogiet.
It was authorised under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 following allegations of "numerous complaints, evidence of neglect and prolonged attempts to work with the owner", the government body stated. A statement from Animal Licensing Wales, a Welsh Government body, said its officers were supported by Gwent Police at the property, where a "significant number of dogs" were allegedly "found to be suffering and were taken into possession following expert veterinary advice".
A criminal investigation has now been launched it said. The statement reads: "On Tuesday, August 15 an entry warrant was lawfully executed at a dog sanctuary in Rogiet. A warrant was authorised by the courts under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 following numerous complaints, evidence of neglect and prolonged attempts to work with the owner.
"Officers from Animal Licensing Wales were supported by police officers at the property, where a significant number of dogs were found to be suffering and were taken into possession following expert veterinary advice. All the action to date has been evidence-based and legal powers have been used to take necessary action to prevent further suffering. This action has been undertaken in a fit and proper manner by qualified veterinary experts and authorised enforcement officers.
"A criminal investigation is now underway and will be undertaken thoroughly before determining any appropriate outcome. Further information will be provided when it is appropriate to do so. There have been some inaccurate and damaging posts circulating on social media platforms that have led to targeted hate messages and threats to individual officers. All incidents have been and will be reported to the police. There will be no communication regarding individual staff members, such matters are dealt with through internal procedures where necessary."
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA added: "The RSPCA assisted by transporting some of the dogs - as this operation was led by local authority we are unable to provide any further information.” And a Gwent Police spokesman said: "We attended a warrant under the Animal Welfare Act in Minnett’s Lane, Rogiet, on Tuesday, August 15, in support of partner agencies who were carrying out enquiries at an address."